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Summer Student Internships in Quality Improvement

We are excited to announce the sixth annual student internship program for the summer of 2018. This program supports teams in health care organizations to hire a fully-funded intern to advance their projects aimed at improving the health care system, while building the capacity of future quality improvement leaders.

Call for Project Proposals Now Open!

We are currently accepting project applications until April 5 at 1600. Any team from a publicly-funded health care organization within British Columbia is eligible to submit a proposal for a quality improvement project that would benefit from the support of an intern this summer.


Projects must have a clearly defined role for the intern and offer a meaningful learning opportunity about the process of improving health care quality. Click here to see the 2017 project titles, as examples. Teams must have a designated supervisor who will oversee the work of the student during their internship, and will be responsible for providing space, supplies, and any other resources necessary to complete the project.  This may include access to records, IT systems, and physical locations.

Project proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Patient Impact
Preference will be given to projects that will have a tangible impact on patient care and outcomes
Team Composition
Preference will be given to proposals that involve the intern as part of a larger multidisciplinary team
Scope of Role & Project
The nature of the intern’s role in the project and the extent to which it is clearly defined and achievable within the time frame
Educational Benefit
The extent to which the project provides a meaningful learning opportunity about the process of improving health care quality
Topic Area
Priority will be given to project topics that align with health system priorities such as seniors care, surgery, and mental health & substance use

The region in which the project takes place will also be taken into account. We will endeavor to ensure that opportunities are spread geographically across the province, if appropriate proposals are received.

Selection Process

Submitted project proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee, who will notify successful teams that their projects have been selected. The projects will then be posted to the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council website and students will be invited to apply to the projects they are interested in through the website. Medical students, students from the allied health disciplines, graduate and undergraduate students will all be eligible to apply for internships.

Applicants will be jointly reviewed and interviewed by a Council staff member and a member of the project team. The final hiring decision for the intern will be made jointly between the two organizations.


Interns will be supported for up to 225 hours, which is expected to take place between June and August 2018.

  • Project proposals due: April 5 by 1600
  • Successful teams notified: Week of April 9
  • Internship job descriptions posted: April 13 
  • Applications from students due: May 13
  • Interviews: Week of May 21


Interns will be employed by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council at a wage of $17 per hour, for up to 225 hours of time. Interns will also be paid for an additional 7.5 hours and have travel costs covered (if required) to attend an in-person intern education day at the Council office in Vancouver.

Funding is also available (up to $800 per intern) to support the dissemination of project results and can include travel/conference fees or publication costs.

How to submit your project proposal

Complete the online Project Proposal Form.

Deadline for receipt of project proposals is Thursday, April 5 at 1600 PST.

Are you a student interested in applying?

Please stay tuned!

Once the projects are confirmed, job listings will be posted to the employment section of our website and you’ll have the chance to apply for the projects you’re interested in. The postings can be expected to be up on April 13th (or shortly thereafter) and the deadline to apply will be May 13th.


Chelsea Hochfilzer

Click here to submit your project proposal